NASAL foreign bodies have been of interest to otolaryngologists, dentists, and pediatricians for many years. There is little doubt about the diagnosis when the classic clinical picture of a unilateral, purulent, fetid rhinorrhea is present; however, the diagnosis is still being missed by physicians.1 In the atypical case, however, the literature does not mention, to our knowledge, the extremes to which the malodorous component of the symptom complex can serve to confound the clinician and plague the patient by overpowering other complaints. We have recently seen three such cases in which the chief parental complaint was of their child's bad body odor. Since, to our knowledge, this symptom has not been heretofore associated with nasal foreign bodies, it is our purpose to call attention to this potentially helpful diagnostic clue.
Report of Cases
At age 4 1/2 years, a boy had a one-year history of "strong and